CAT - The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance

Are you aged 11-16 and love to dance? Then check out our CAT scheme.

Part of a family of National CAT Schemes across the country, The Lowry CAT is a part-time, pre-vocational course that gives young people access to high quality dance training. It’s ideal if you’re hoping to progress toward full-time training in the future.

The CAT is funded by the Music and Dance Scheme through the Department of Education, providing financial support for families through means-tested grants.

For more information on the training visit our useful FAQs below or


CAT Open Days


How To Apply

We are recruiting for Autumn entry!

Our CAT Audition takes place annually in June. Applicants are encouraged to find out more about The Lowry CAT programme before you apply via our series

How to apply

Application Form

CAT shows coming up

Weekly Open Classes

Looking for your first dance class or wishing to improve and build on a pre-existing foundation in dance with Contemporary Technique and creative exploration? 

Open Contemporary Dance Classes for 11–17 year-olds will be held at The Lowry on Thursdays commencing 30 September £3 per class.

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Open Contemporary Dance Classes for 6-11 year olds will be held at The Lowry on Wednesdays commencing 13 October 2021 £3 per class.

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A fun and insightful experience into the exciting world of dance taught by our excellent, engaging CAT Tutors. Our Open Contemporary Dance Classes allow young people to develop knowledge and skills in contemporary technique and the creative process, whether they are considering applying for the CAT at some point in the future, or simply love to dance. Email should you have any questions.


NW Dance

We are delighted to announce that The Lowry’s U.Dance NW 2021 event will this year be delivered in partnership with Ludus Dance.

This year’s festival will be held digitally on 29 April, providing a brilliant day filled with exciting performances, workshops and networking opportunities.

Ludus will be leading on the delivery of this year’s event, whilst The Lowry will maintain a close connection to the development and delivery of this year’s festival.

Come and join us for an amazing day celebrating youth dance from across the North West!

Click here for more information.

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